Fairfield University 75th Anniversary

75th Birthday on March 17

Fairfield University celebrates 75 years of tradition!

Coach Barakat Leads Stags

Ushering in a new golden period for Fairfield University men’s basketball, Coach Fred Barakat guides the Stags to its most successful stretch of winning seasons, starting with an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in 1973. The Stags will participate in the tournament in 1974, 1978, 1996, 2003 and 2011.

Center for Catholic Studies Opens

The Center for Catholic Studies opens. Catholic Studies is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the intellectual tradition, history and culture – both "high" and popular – of the Catholic Christian tradition. The Center is directed by the holder of the Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J., Chair in Catholic Studies, Dr. Paul Lakeland, Professor of Religious Studies.

Center for Faith and Public Life Opens

The Center for Faith and Public Life (CFPL) opens. The goals of CFPL are to prepare students to be global citizens, generate research-based solutions to current social problems and create a public forum for dialogue on issues where faith and public life intersect.

Kelley Center Completed

The Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center is completed, a state-of-the-art administration building and welcoming center. Named for Fr. Kelley, S.J., who served as University president from 1979 to 2004, the 23,707-square-foot building houses a 90-seat auditorium, conference rooms and administrative departments.

Office of Service Learning Founded

The Office of Service Learning (OSL) commences. OSL is committed to solidarity and collaboration with people who are marginalized and develops community partnerships that are based in mutuality and reciprocity. Through these partnerships, students engage in community service that includes substantial direct contact with low-income residents, social service agency clients, the elderly, public school students and hospital/clinic patients.

Filming of For One More Day

Two locations on campus, including Loyola Hall, are used in the filming of For One More Day, an "Oprah Winfrey Presents" adaptation of Mitch Albom's New York Times best-selling book. Among the actors and actresses present are Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Imperioli and Academy Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn. This made-for-television movie airs nationally on the ABC television network in December 2007.

MFA in Creative Writing Launched

The Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing is launched, a low-residency program with bi-annual retreats for students at Ender’s Island near Mystic in southeastern Connecticut.

Filming of All Good Things

Five locations on campus, including McAuliffe Hall, are used in the filming of All Good Things from director Andrew Jarecki. Among the actors and actresses present during the filming are Academy Award-nominated actor Ryan Gosling and actress Kirsten Dunst.

Jesuit Community Center Unveiled

The Jesuit Community Center is completed, a combined Jesuit residence, community center and home to administrative offices. The building utilizes a closed-loop geothermal heating system, which provides energy without using fossil fuels, reducing carbon dioxide emissions and saving money on energy costs. The building was named one of the top 10 houses of 2012 by the American Institute of Architects for its emphasis on environmental stewardship.

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